Water-related Groups


Watershed Associations, Friends Groups, and Other Natural Resource Groups 

There are a number of watershed associations, friends groups, and other natural resource groups that are acting to protect and improve water quality in Dane County. The list below represents groups that have worked with the Office of Lakes and Watersheds or participated in the Dane County Watershed Network. Please email lakes@countyofdane.com if you would like to add your group to this list. Please note that this list is provided for informational purposes only and is not an endorsement of any individual group by Dane County. 

Click on a group below to visit their website and learn how you can get involved and help their efforts. 


1000 Friends of Wisconsin

Aldo Leopold Nature Center                                  

Badger Fly Fishers

Black Earth Creek Watershed Association

Capital Area Regional Planning Commission

Capital Region Advocacy Network for Environmental Sustainability (CRANES)

Capitol Water Trails

Center for Resilient Cities

City of Madison Neighborhood Associations

Clean Lakes Alliance

Clean Wisconsin

Coast Guard Auxiliary

Community Groundworks

Dane County Conservation League

Dane County Parks Volunteer Program

Dane County Pheasants Forever

Deer Creek Sport and Conservation Club

Eco Equity

EnAct: Steps to Greener Living

Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability

Four Lakes Group Sierra Club

Four Lakes Scuba Club

Four Lakes Yacht Club

Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed

Friends of the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area

Friends of Cam-Rock County Park

Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area

Friends of Cherokee Marsh

Friends of Donald County Park

Friends of Edna Taylor Conservation Park

Friends of Festge County Park

Friends of Hoyt Park

Friends of Indian Lake County Park

Friends of Kettle Ponds

Friends of Lake Kegonsa Society

Friends of Lake View Hill County Park

Friends of Lake Wingra

Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Friends of McCarthy Youth and Conservation County Park

Friends of Monona Bay

Friends of Olin-Turville

Friends of Owen Conservation Park

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Friends of Schumacher Farm County Park

Friends of Silverwood County Park

Friends of Starkweather Creek Watershed

Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway

Friends of the Yahara River Parkway

Friends of Yahara River Headwaters, Inc.

Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts

Greater Madison Healthy Lawn Team

Groundswell Conservancy (formerly Natural Heritage Land Trust)

Lake Monona Sailing Club

Mad City Paddlers

Madison Audubon

Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership

Madison Area Weed Warriors

Madison Fishing Expo

Madison Sail and Power Squadron

Maunesha River Alliance

Marshall Lions

Mendota Yacht Club

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Midwest Environmental Justice Organization

Muskies, Inc - Capital City Chapter

Prairie Enthusiasts

REAP Food Group

River Alliance of Wisconsin

Rock River Coalition

Sierra Club - Water Sentinels

Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Sustain Dane

Sustainable Atwood

Sustainable Stoughton

The Natural Step Monona

The Nature Conservancy - Wisconsin Chapter

Token Creek Conservancy Committee

Token Creek Watershed Association

Upper Sugar River Watershed Association

UW-Extension Natural Resources Education Center

UW-Madison Arboretum

UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Water Action Volunteers

West Waubesa Preservation Coalition

Wild Ones - Madison Chapter

Wisconsin Smallmouth Alliance, Ltd.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association

Yahara Fishing Club

Yahara Lakes Association

Yahara Pride Farms